I O Bette

Bette Bashwinger is my mother who was a great inspiration to me. She was the driving force behind my creativity and ultimately my career. She encouraged me to push the limits of my visions and artistic ability. She was a wonderful artist who had an incredible passion for fashion, art, and photography. She was hip and stylish and always danced to the beat of her own drum. I look back and often wonder what my mother saw in me that she didn't with my siblings. Why did she steer me to this path? I often think about her when I design. I guess part of her lives in every design I create. I will always cherish the private art lessons, the photo shoots, and the wonderful business advice she gave me.
Vanda is a genus in the orchid family (Orchidaceae) which, although not large (about fifty species), is one of the most important florally. This genus and it allies are considered to be the most highly evolved of all orchids within Orchidaceae. The genus is very highly prized in horticulture for its showy, fragrant, long lasting, and intensely colorful flowers. #flowers #vanda #orchid #purple #magenta #lavender #botanical

Vanda is a genus in the orchid family (Orchidaceae) which, although not large (about fifty species), is one of the most important florally. This genus and it allies are considered to be the most highly evolved of all orchids within Orchidaceae. The genus is very highly prized in horticulture for its showy, fragrant, long lasting, and intensely colorful flowers. #flowers #vanda #orchid #purple #magenta #lavender #botanical

Summertime Coleus
Continuous bright and bold color all summer long.
Photographed by Valerie McNichols, IOBette

Bright Summer Flowers
Purple Hydrangea and Magenta Peonies
Designed & Photographed by Valerie McNichols, IOBette

Bright Summer Flowers
Purple Hydrangea and Magenta Peonies
Designed & Photographed by Valerie McNichols, IOBette

Bright summer Flowers include glowing alp hydrangea, Carl Rosenfeld peonies, tricky dianthus, dusty miller, and peony foliage along with sliver beat grass.
Photographed and Designed by Valerie McNichols, IOBette

Carnation boutonnières with couture ribbon accent. 
#IOBette
Designed and Photographed by Valerie McNichols

Carnation boutonnières with couture ribbon accent.
#IOBette
Designed and Photographed by Valerie McNichols